Reflections from the Jury Box: Improving Evidence Based Practice through a Comparison with Our Legal System

  • Valerie Coppenrath MCPHS University
Keywords: evidence-based medicine, education, pharmacy education


Background: An experience serving jury duty prompted reflection on the parallels between evidenced based medicine and our legal system.

Findings: The steps of the legal system can be tied to each step of the practice of evidenced based medicine.

Implications: Patients should be included in evidence based decisions. Pharmacists can act as resources for other providers practicing evidenced based medicine. Educators can use this analogy to teach evidence based medicine.

Conflict of Interest

We declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests that the authors or members of their immediate families have in any product or service discussed in the manuscript, including grants (pending or received), employment, gifts, stock holdings or options, honoraria, consultancies, expert testimony, patents and royalties.


Type: Commentary


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Received 2017-07-21
Published 2017-08-26